Psych Scoop, 11/8/22

November 8th, 2022

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1. Psychology Internship Info Sessions

Various Dates
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Join this session to learn more about the PSY 3896: Internship in Psychology class, earning credit for your work, and opportunities for funding! Please RSVP to sign up for this event. In this session, you will learn about the PSY 3896: Internship in Psychology class. You will discover how internships can fit into your Psychology Major and/or overall enhance your undergraduate experience. Ideally, you will also leave this session with 2-3 ideas to explore for an Internship in Spring or Summer 2023. Please email with questions or to request disability-related accommodations.
Join us at any listed times!
1.) Wednesday, November 9th, 2022, 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm CST
2.) Thursday, November 10th, 2022, 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm CST

2. Alumni Spotlight: Omar Ahmed

Psych Advising has started a monthly alumni spotlight to showcase what our amazing alumni are up to! Omar Ahmed ('20) works as a Clinical Outcomes Coordinator for Gillette Children's. Read more about his tips on finding a career path, getting the most out of your major, and moreNominate someone who you think would be great to spotlight, including yourself!

3. PSY 3604 is now Intro to Psychopathology

PSY 3604 has had a name change. Previously known as "Introduction to Abnormal Psychology," PSY 3604 is now called "Introduction to Psychopathology." Everything else is the same about the course.

Psychology Student Group Announcements

All students interested in Psychology are welcome to participate in Psychology student organizations. No previous participation or membership is required. If you're interested, please attend! To learn more, visit our website.

4. Psychology Club Meeting

Wednesday, November 9, 2022, 4:00 pm- 5:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: N227 Elliott Hall

We will be making stress balls and having Dr. Niels Waller come to talk about his career and research. The event will be on November 9th 4-5:30 pm in Elliot Hall room N227. We will be making stress balls in the first half! The second half we will have Dr. Waller speak about his career, research, and pathways! Dr. Niels Waller is a professor here in the Psychology Department and he is the Director of Quantitative/Psychometric Methods. Some classes that Dr. Waller has taught include Individual Differences, Personality, and Behavioral Genetics. He is currently an editor of Applied Psychological Measurement and serves on the editorial board of numerous journals. Be sure to come with any questions that you may have for him. He is looking forward to speaking with us! Make sure to RSVP for the meeting by Monday, November 7th at 11:59 pm if you plan on coming by using the RSVP link. We look forward to seeing you all there!

Courses of Interest

5. PSY 3896: Internship in Psychology - 1-4 Credits

Make an internship experience count toward your PSY Major! PSY 3896 class credits (1-4 credits) are based on the number of hours that you work at your internship during the Spring 2023 semester. Online course assignments are a complement to your learning in your internship setting. Students must apply to and accept a position on their own, but guidance is available. Example sites include Minneapolis Public Schools, People Serving People, Sexual Violence Center, Tubman, and the Walk-In Counseling Center. Look for more opportunities in the Psych Scoop and even more on HandshakeRead more about what students have to say about PSY 3896! Our office is also hosting Internship Info Sessions throughout the month of November which you can RSVP for now. Steps to register for PSY 3896:
1.) Student secures an internship with a site
2.) Submit a "Request an Experience" form on Handshake and receive approval
3.) Permission number to register for the course will then be emailed to you

PSY 3896 is completely online

Instructor: Michael Houlahan

Note: this course counts as elective credit for the Psychology majors only.

6. PSY 4960 - 002: Introduction to Open Science - 3 Credits - Fall 2022

Open Science has become a term more frequently used in psychological research. Though the term has no single definition, it refers to processes that allow for more transparent and more accessible research. How do we incorporate open science into our research? In this class, students will gain an understanding of what open science is, why it is important to consider open science principles in our research, and how to use open science tools. Specifically, the course will begin by discussing the history of psychological research and the replication crisis and will move into identifying open science principles and associated tools. Students will gain hands-on experience with preregistrations, reproducing analyses in R, and replicating findings from psychological studies. This course will require both group work and independent work to gain a deeper understanding of open science principles. Though not required, a basic understanding of R programming will be helpful for this course. It is strongly suggested that students take PSY3801: Introduction to Psychological Measurement and Data Analysis prior to taking this course, but it is not required.

PSY 4960 - 002 will meet in Bruininks Hall 131B, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 am- 11:30 am CST

Instructor: Dr. Amanda Woodward

Note: this course counts as elective credit for the Psychology majors only.

7. PSY 4960 - 003: Race and the Developing Child - 3 credits - Fall 2022

this course, students review racial, ethnic, and cultural (hereafter: REC) diversity in child and youth development and how this diversity influences their lives. Students will learn about the long history and recent resurgence of research into the role of REC contexts for children and adolescents. This research often challenges popular notions while revealing broader themes regarding the role of REC in development. Consequently, a main goal of this course is for students to learn about these research findings and draw implications for child and youth development, particularly for those populations who are stigmatized due to racial, ethnic, and cultural status. A second main goal of the course is for students to learn about the developmental progression in how children and youth make sense of the REC aspects of their lives and social worlds. Students can apply this knowledge to design developmentally-sensitive programming and dialogues with children and youth. A third goal of the course is for students to develop an understanding of broad themes and principles that are consistent across REC contexts but may be expressed differently in specific REC contexts. These broad themes include ethnic/racial stigmatization, cultural socialization, and REC identity development which are expressed differently in each ethnic, racial and cultural context. The fourth goal of the course is for students to gain skills in understanding how themes associated with a particular REC group are expressed uniquely by individuals. No enforced prerequisites, PSY 3001W or equivalent recommended.

PSY 4960 - 003 will meet in Burton Hall 125, Tuesdays from 5:00 pm- 7:30 pm CST

Instructor: Dr. Juan Del Toro

Note: this course counts as elective credit for the Psychology majors only.

8. PSY 5960 - 001: Anxiety-Related Choice: Psychology, Neurobiology, and Clinical Relevance - 3 credits - Fall 2022

Over the past 30 years, decision science has made significant advances in understanding the mechanisms of choice and the underlying brain processes but has done so almost exclusively for economic or reward-based decisions to the exclusion of anxiety-related choice. This is a significant omission given the broad consensus that anxious reactivity is often a crucial factor motivating human choice. Furthermore, decision-making abnormalities are a core component of clinical anxiety whereby heightened anxiety motivates excessive decisions to avoid the source of threat at the cost of missed opportunities to pursue valued outcomes. Anxiety-related choice is thus critical to both basic decision science and clinical applications of this knowledge. This seminar surveys the fundamental concepts, methods, and psychobiological findings on reward-related choice with an eye toward applications to anxiety-related choice. Furthermore, we will review the existing literature on the basic psychological and neural mechanisms subserving anxiety-related choice and what goes awry with such mechanisms in the case of clinical anxiety. No enforced prerequisites, PSY 3001W or equivalent recommended.

PSY 5960 - 001 meeting pattern is TBA and will be based on instructor & student availability

Instructor: Dr. Shmuel Lissek,

Note: this course counts as elective credit for the Psychology majors only.


9. Pathways to Forensic & Legal Psychology (Virtual)

Wednesday, November 9, 2022, 5:00 pm- 6:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Whole Music Club

Considering a career in forensic psychology? Learn more about the forensic & legal psychology field, job opportunities, and necessary education, and hear about how to successfully apply to graduate programs. RSVP online.

10. Non-Immigrant Visas & Green Card Options for UMN International Students

Thursday, November 10, 2022, 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Join us for a live presentation on Zoom to discuss common non-immigrant visas and green card options for international students, including recent developments. Sarah Peterson, a nationally-recognized immigration attorney based in Minneapolis with over 16 years of advanced employment-based immigration experience, will discuss strategies and answer questions. This event will be held via Zoom on November 10th, and it will include a live Question and Answer opportunity with Sarah who will be present to address some questions from the audience. This session will be recorded and shared on the ISSS website. All UMN International Students, Faculty, and Staff are welcome to join. RSVP online.

11. Planning for Your Financial Future

Thursday, November 10, 2022, 3:00 pm- 4:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Interested in entrepreneurial or contract/gig work, such as working as a therapist in private practice? Come hear from panelists, including a current LICSW working in South Minneapolis, about the financial logistics of working for yourself outside of a traditional employment model. Interested but don't know what to ask? Come anyways! There will be snacks, pre-planned questions, and time for attendees to ask questions, both to the full panel and to individual panelists. Advanced registration is encouraged.

Graduate School

Find Diversity Weekend programs - includes Fall, Spring, and Summer programs. Updated frequently.

12. Connect with Carlson Week (November 7-11, 2022)

November 7-11, 2022
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Come get an inside look at The Carlson School's MBA and specialty Master's programs! Our 2022 Connect with Carlson event is a week-long event that will take place from November 7-11, 2022. It will include in-person class visits to explore the Carlson academic experience and connect with current students, as well as virtual sessions hosted by the Carlson Business Career Center, the Student Affairs team, staff, and faculty from each academic program. Master of HRIR Class Visit RegistrationMaster of Marketing Class Visit RegistrationMBA Class Visit Registration.

13. Virtual Office Hours For Psychology Ph.D. Applicants - Duke University

Starts Friday, November 4, 2022
Cost: Free
Location: Online

To enhance recruitment of BIPOC, first-generation, low-income, and LGBTQIA+ students in psychology Ph.D. programs, Duke University's Department of Psychology & Neuroscience is holding our 3rd Annual Virtual Office Hours Program. All are welcome, but BIPOC, first-generation, low-income, and LGBTQIA+ applicants are especially encouraged to sign up. Between November 4th and 18th, you will receive individualized feedback (via one-on-one Zoom meetings) on your application materials (personal, research, and/or diversity statements + CV) from faculty, post-docs, clinical interns, and graduate students at Duke. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions about the graduate school application process. You DO NOT have to be applying to one of Duke's Ph.D. programs. This is a resource for ANYONE applying to ANY psychology Ph.D. program. If you intend to apply to one of Duke's Ph.D. programs, we require that you submit materials that you plan to submit to another university for review to maintain equity in our admissions process. Learn more and seek feedback through our online form.

14. U of MN Systemwide Virtual Diversity Conference & Graduate Fair

November 14-18, 2022
Cost: Free
Location: Online

The Graduate School Diversity Office (GSDO) will be hosting a U of MN Systemwide Virtual Diversity Conference & Graduate Fair from November 14th - 18th. Themed “Boldly You: Finding Community & Belonging,” the event will prioritize and invite underrepresented students/students of color from all U of MN system campuses to learn more about graduate program offerings and resources at the Twin Cities and Duluth campuses. The week of virtual events will include a diversity conference, where prospective students will hear from a dynamic keynote speaker about how to prepare for graduate education; Zoom information sessions on navigating the admissions process and the importance of applying early; and a multi-day graduate and resource fair to learn more about graduate programs and support offered to graduate students at the University. RSVP and learn more on our website!

Engagement Opportunities

15. Volunteer at The Aurora Center!

The Aurora Center offers volunteer opportunities at The University of Minnesota that are focused on providing support to survivors and educating to the campus. All positions are designed to foster leadership and professional skill development for volunteers. We are now accepting applications for our Direct Service Advocate and Violence Prevention Educator volunteer positions. Read more about the application online. Applications are due by Monday, November 21, 2022.

16. Friend in STEM Mentorship Program

Empowering Women in Science (EWIS)'s mentorship program ‘A Friend in STEM’ is accepting students to be paired with a mentor for the Fall semester! Friend in STEM aims to connect undergraduate students with scientists on UMN campuses in order to increase accessibility to information about careers in STEM/research and demystify science in general. The goal of this program is to serve students of all genders and especially underrepresented students. You can learn more about the program at friendinstem.umn.eduIf you are interested in being paired with a mentor, please fill out the form by November 4th. In our history, we've paired over 300 undergraduate students with scientists in STEM! Please let us know if you have any questions about this program our email is We look forward to meeting you!

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

IMPORTANT: Organizations listed below are not necessarily affiliated with or endorsed by the Department of Psychology or Psychology Undergraduate Advising. Please exercise the same discretion you would in viewing any other source.

17. HBCD Research Assistant (8352P1: Research Professional 1) - MCTFR

The Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research (MCTFR) seeks to hire one HBCD Research Assistant responsible for executing all tasks associated with the HBCD (Healthy Brain and Child Development) Study protocol. Tasks: recruitment and retention, scheduling study assessments, conducting parent interview/questionnaire assessments designed to assess eligibility criteria, substance use, psychopathology, medical health, and psychosocial functioning; parent interview/questionnaire, neurocognitive, and observational assessments designed to assess infant/child development, temperament, and psychopathology; parent interview/questionnaire and parent/infant/child biospecimens designed to assess medical health and environmental exposures; and collecting infant/child MRI and EEG data. Required qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Human Development, Cognitive or Affective Neuroscience, or a related field. Flexible work schedule; and the ability to work onsite. Preferred qualifications include HBCD or MCTFR research experience, experience working with infants and/or young children in a research context, prior research experience, excellent attention to detail, and organizational, interpersonal, communication, and problem-solving skills. For more information regarding additional tasks and desired qualifications or to apply online please refer to the University of Minnesota Employment System; reference job opening ID 35216.

18. UGRA Admin Support - MCTFR

The Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research (MCTFR) seeks to hire two undergraduate research assistants registered for study at the U of MN as “Data Manager UGRA” (2221: Student Academic Support). Data managers are responsible for the processing, organization, and storage of human subjects research data collected at the MCTFR. Responsibilities:50% Process Paper and Electronic Data; Organize participant data (Checklisting, Pull-Aparts, Batching); Markup of data forms before entry (Coding); Data Entry and Verification; Error identification and correction; Filing/organization of entered data; Inventory and Storage of Archival Data; 30% Monitor Participant Survey Completion Progress; Check; verify participant survey completion status; Sending emails or making calls to remind participants to complete surveys; Verify participant payments upon completion; 20% Miscellaneous Duties. Essential Qualifications: Undergraduate enrollment in U of MN degree-granting program; GPA= 3.0; Efficient, honest, self-directed, problem-solving work ethic; Demonstrable keyboard proficiency; Knowledge of computer structure/organization; Data entry & analysis experience; Initial training & probationary period occurs during normal University business hours, hours flexible afterward; Ability to work 15-20 hours during Semester; 35-40 hours during Summer. Apply online via the University of Minnesota Employment System; reference job opening ID 352142

19. Student Admin/Support - MCTFR

The Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research (MCTFR) seeks to hire an undergraduate research assistant registered for study at the U of MN as “Office Assistant and Data Manager UGRA” (2222:Student Admin/Support Services). This position supports administrative, clerical, and data management needs at the MCTFR. Responsibilities:50% Administration; 25% Financial Justification; 12.5% Mail; Clerical Duties: Processing mail with the highest level of accuracy and completing other clerical duties as assigned by full-time staff members. Acquire and maintain accurate information; 12.5% Ordering Supplies: Monitoring stock and compiling/placing orders for office supplies, lab supplies, and research participant lunches. Required Qualifications: Ability to commit to employment through at least the end of summer 2023. Ability to work 20 hours during fall/spring semesters & 40 hours during summer/winter breaks (with some flexibility). Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Must be currently enrolled in at least 6 credits and classified as a part-time student at the University of Minnesota with a GPA= 3.0. Apply online via the University of Minnesota Employment System; reference job opening ID 352143

20. Research Assistant - Minneapolis VA

This position is 1.0 FTE for a multi-site clinical trial through the VA Cooperative Studies R&D, with Dr. Shiroma serving as the Local Site Investigator. This is an open-label, parallel-group, randomized clinical trial of up to 6 months treatment of adjunctive intranasal (IN) esketamine (ESK) vs. adjunctive aripiprazole (ARI) in Veterans with unipolar Treatment Resistant Depression (TRD). The Research Assistant will be responsible for conducting the day-to-day tasks required for recruitment and follow-up data collection. They will be responsible for contacting, pre-screening, screening for eligibility, consenting, and randomizing participants as well as ensuring baseline and follow-up assessments are complete, and entering collected study data into a secure data collection system. A qualified candidate will have at least two years of RA experience, preferably in the mental health field, to be eligible for GS PayScale of GS9. The anticipated start date is early 2023 and will last approximately 6 years. Please send any questions and/or your CV or Resume directly to &

21. 10KFS Participant & Study Support Student Worker

The 10,000 Families Study is hiring one or more students to assist with communication and support of study participants and tracking/monitoring, as well as occasional support of meetings and recruitment events, and other study needs. Hours are flexible and could range from 8-20 per week, depending on student availability. Most work can be conducted remotely, with the exception of some events. This is the ideal position for a student looking to develop and strengthen research skills and support nationally recognized efforts to improve family health in MN. Check out our website for in-depth info about the 10,000 Families Study. Led by multidisciplinary faculty in the Schools of Medicine and Public Health in partnership with the Masonic Cancer Center, 10KFS is a population-based cohort study looking at lifestyle, genetic, and environmental influences on health and the development of disease over time. An ideal candidate will bring a desire to learn, excellent organizational and communication skills, and the ability to work in a team-based, fast-paced environment. Both undergraduate and graduate student applicants (inc those with work-study) are welcome. Because of the complexity of the study and learning curve, availability for at least a year is preferred. Compensation: Hourly rate is commensurate with experience. For more information, contact Andrea Hickle at To apply, search for job ID #352459 under Students at the UMN Job Site.

22. Research Assistant, Center for Care Delivery and Outcomes Research (CCDOR) Minneapolis VA Health Care System

The Center for Care Delivery and Outcomes Research (CCDOR) has an opening for a half or full-time Research Assistant for a funded suicide prevention study that will lay a foundation for understanding the effective treatments and supports needed for Veterans who experience a suicide loss, including women and Native and Indigenous Veterans. Using explanatory sequential mixed-methods, this study will identify the mental health outcomes associated with knowing someone who has died by suicide and risk and protective factors. The research assistant will join an interdisciplinary team and work under Dr. Nina Sayer, a clinical psychologist and health services researcher with expertise in trauma-related mental health disorders and healthcare. Responsibilities involve preparing survey mailings, monitoring recruitment, scheduling and administering phone interviews, scanning completed surveys, and literature reviews, and assisting with dissemination activities. The yearly salary for half-time is $24,158 and for full time is $48,317. Position renewable, pending performance review, for up to three years. To be considered for this position, please submit a CV/resume and a cover letter to Robert Orazem, Ph.D., at by November 23, 2022.

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